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Associate Professor Warrick McKinon

Warrick heads up the biomechanics division of the MPRL. Warrick’s research interests include sports performance, exercise physiology, pure biomechanics and neuroscience.

Dr Rebecca Meiring

Rebecca runs the Exercise Physiology division of the MPRL. Rebecca completed her PhD in the field of exercise and bone health in children. Her current research interests lie in the assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in people with musculoskeletal disorders specifically rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis. She is also interested in using exercise as an alternative form of therapy for the diseases of the lifestyle. Rebecca is a keen road runner and herself assists with the performance testing of endurance runners.

Dr Sam Kerr

Sam completed her PhD in the biomechanics division of the MPRL. Her research interest includes sports performance, physical activity and sleep disturbances and their effects on neurological disorders.

Dr Chloe Dafkin

Chloe has completed her PhD in the biomechanics division of the MPRL. Her research interests include exercise physiology, gait assessment, biomechanics of neurological disorders and reflex assessments.

Honorary staff members

Dr Joanne McVeigh

Joanne is a senior lecturer in the School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology at Curtin University in Western Australia. She has a research focus on the role of exercise in chronic disease, bone and muscle health. Jo is also interested in measuring physical activity levels in children and adults and observing the association with metabolic profiles. Jo’s research background is in the largest longitudinal birth cohort study in Africa - the Birth to Twenty study in South Africa. She has also done research in the Raine study in Australia.


Dr Tanja Oosthuyse

Tanja’s current research focus is physiological well-being, nutrition and performance in cyclists. Tanja is also a freelance sports science writer for a local cycling magazine (RIDE) and frequently submits articles on the latest advances in sport science in order to bridge the gap between science and the current knowledge of the athlete.

Research Associates

Dr David Goble

David has recently (2017) graduated with his PhD from Rhodes University and has joined the MPRL as a part-time research associate. The topic of his PhD was to investigate the effects of a prolonged intermittent batting simulation on cognitive performance and performance parameters in a cohort of amateur batters. His primary research areas are exercise physiology and cognitive ergonomics. David is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and has worked closely with athletes in achieving performance-related goals.

Qualifications: BSc (Honours), MSc (Rhodes University), PhD (Rhodes University), CSCS (NSCA)




2016 - Present

Chryssanthopoulos, C., Ziaras, C., Oosthuyse, T., Lambropoulos, I., Giorgios P, P., Zacharogiannis, E., Philippou, A., Maridaki, M., 2018. Carbohydrate mouth rinse does not affect performance during a 60-min running race in women. J. Sports Sci. 36, 824–833. 

Christie C.J., Sheppard, B.J., Goble, D., Pote, L. and Noakes, T.D. (2018). Strength and sprint time changes in response to repeated shuttles between the wickets during batting in cricket. In Press- Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Dafkin, C., Green, A., Olivier, B., McKinon, W., Kerr, S., 2018. Distal muscle activity alterations during the stance phase of gait in restless leg syndrome (RLS) patients. Sleep Med. 45, 89–93. 

Dunning, J.R., McVeigh, J.A., Goble, D., Meiring, R.M., 2018. The Effect of Interrupting Sedentary Behavior on the Cardiometabolic Health of Adults With Sedentary Occupations: A Pilot Study. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 

Frimpong, E., McVeigh, J.A., Meiring, R.M., 2017. Sedentary Behaviour in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis Before and After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review. J. Aging Phys. Act. 1–38. 

Goble D and Christie CJ. (2017). Cognitive, physical and physiological responses of school boy cricketers to a 30-over batting simulation. Journal of Sports Sciences, 0: 1–7. Available: 2016.1211731.  

Green, A., Kerr, S., Olivier, B., Dafkin, C., Meiring, R.M., McKinon, W., 2017. Psychological and physiological fatigue does not correspond to decreased scrummaging performance over a simulated rugby match. South Afr. J. Sports Med. 29, 1–6. 

Iacovides, S., Meiring, R.M., 2018. The effect of a ketogenic diet versus a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet on sleep, cognition, thyroid function, and cardiovascular health independent of weight loss: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 19, 62. 

Jeffery, E., Lee, Y.G., McVeigh, J., Straker, L., Wooding, T., Newton, R.U., Peddle-McIntyre, C., 2017. Feasibility of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior in patients with malignant pleural effusion. Support. Care Cancer Off. J. Multinatl. Assoc. Support. Care Cancer 25, 3133–3141. 

Meiring, R.M., Frimpong, E., Mokete, L., Pietrzak, J., Van Der Jagt, D., Tikly, M., McVeigh, J.A., 2016a. Rationale, design and protocol of a longitudinal study assessing the effect of total knee arthroplasty on habitual physical activity and sedentary behavior in adults with osteoarthritis. BMC Musculoskelet. Disord. 17, 281. 

Meiring, R.M., Micklesfield, L.K., McVeigh, J.A., 2016b. The effect of loading and ethnicity on annual changes in cortical bone of the radius and tibia in pre-pubertal children. Ann. Hum. Biol. 43, 520–526. 

Oosthuyse, T., Bosch, A.N., 2017. The Effect of Gender and Menstrual Phase on Serum Creatine Kinase Activity and Muscle Soreness Following Downhill Running. Antioxid. Basel Switz. 6. 

Oosthuyse, T., McVeigh, J.A., Micklesfield, L.K., Meiring, R.M., 2017. Radial and tibial bone indices in athletes participating in different endurance sports: a pQCT study. Eur. J. Sport Sci. 17, 231–240. 

Oosthuyse, T., Millen, A.M.E., 2016. Comparison of energy supplements during prolonged exercise for maintenance of cardiac function: carbohydrate only versus carbohydrate plus whey or casein hydrolysate. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. Physiol. Appl. Nutr. Metab. 41, 674–683. 

Prioreschi, A., Makda, M.A., Tikly, M., McVeigh, J.A., 2016. In Patients with Established RA, Positive Effects of a Randomised Three Month WBV Therapy Intervention on Functional Ability, Bone Mineral Density and Fatigue Are Sustained for up to Six
Months. PloS One 11, e0153470. 

Schofield, C., Newton, R.U., Cohen, P.A., Galvão, D.A., McVeigh, J.A., Hart, N.H., Mohan, G.R., Tan, J., Salfinger, S.G., Straker, L.M., Peddle-McIntyre, C.J., 2018. Activity Behaviors and Physiological Characteristics of Women With Advanced-Stage Ovarian Cancer: A Preliminary Cross-sectional Investigation. Int. J. Gynecol. Cancer Off. J. Int. Gynecol. Cancer Soc. 28, 604–613. 

Uys, M., Bassett, S., Draper, C.E., Micklesfield, L., Monyeki, A., de Villiers, A., Lambert, E.V., HAKSA 2016 Writing Group, 2016. Results From South Africa’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. J. Phys. Act. Health 13, S265–S273.